Updated: Friday, 21 Dec 2012, 11:39 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012, 1:13 AM EST
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Choosing the perfect baby name isn't easy. Everyone always has an opinion and you of course want everyone you know to think your baby and his/her name is simply perfect. The best way to choose a great name is to stick to some simple rules.
Rule 1: think about the initials or embarrassing nicknames that could come down the road.
Rule 2: if the family has a naming tradition but you're not on board consider using it for the middle name. Example: My grandpa's name is Edward. If "little Eddie" isn't quite what you were thinking make the name "Easton Edward".
Rule 3: gather name ideas and see their popularity in the Social Security Administration annual list .
Rule 4: have a list of 2-3 names you love and decide once you meet your baby.
There are also lots of popular apps and websites that can help inspire you. When I was pregnant I loved this website http://www.babynamewizard.com/ . There are some "free" aspects to it, but also some you have to suscribe to, though I found it worth the money. It let's you choose your overall preferences and then picks names that fit your criteria.
What are your favorite baby names? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
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